Day of Dance for Health
February 23, 2009
St. Vincent Healthcare’s Spirit of Women will unite Billings with 70 other communities across the US through the fifth annual national Spirit of Women Day of Dance for Health on Saturday, February 28, 2009. The free event will get your feet and body moving as you cover the spectrum of Ballroom to Belly dancing, and take in free health screenings, health education and many prizes!
This is the third year Billings’ community members will step to the beat at Rimrock Mall from 10:00am-2:00pm. For more information, visit www.svh-mt.org/dayofdance. Nationwide, more than 90,000 participants will dance for their health.
“The joy that comes from dancing can have a profound and wonderful impact on our overall health,” said Tanya Abreu, president and national program director of Spirit of Women. “On February 28, doctors, nurses, medical professionals, community leaders and citizens throughout the US will all come together to share how they heed their own advice – they will dance and help educate women about healthy choices they can easily incorporate into their lifestyles.”
This year’s event will remind participants that heart disease prevention can be fun.
- Learn something different every 20 minutes: Electric Slide, Hip Hop, Salsa, Jazzercise, Yoga, Celtic, Ballroom Jazz, Tap, Zumba, Tai Chi, Country Line Dance, Mambo, Cha Cha and Belly Dancing!
- Health screenings include: Free Peripheral Artery Disease PAD tests, Blood Pressure Checks, Heart and Stroke Risk Assessment, Body Mass Index, and Posture Analysis. Cholesterol Screenings for only $27.00. Pre-registration, fasting required, call 237-8700.
- AND: Healthy cooking demonstrations from the Good Earth Market, prizes from mall merchants, gift certificates and a Grand Prize drawing for a $250 gift card from Rimrock Mall. (Entrants must participate in a health screening to enter) Those who receive screenings will also be automatically entered to win the national grand prize: a $1000 gift card to paint the town red.
Participants are encouraged to wear red shoes, the symbol designed to encourage women to take action for their heart health.
Dancing can burn as many calories as swimming, walking, or riding a bike (as many as 200-400 calories per hour). If done on a regular basis as a form of exercise, many health benefits result including weight maintenance or weight loss, blood pressure and cholesterol management (lowering), increased energy, decreased sadness and depression, increased coordination and muscle strength and an overall sense of well-being. In addition, dancing can help develop new social connections as well as enhance and strengthen relationships.
Nearly 500,000 women die each year of cardiovascular disease, making it the leading cause of death for American women. One in two women will die of heart disease, yet they continue not to personalize their individual risk for cardiovascular disease.
The 2009 National Day of Dance for Health is presented by the Spirit of Women Health Network, Good Housekeeping magazine, WomenHeart, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Inc., Chattem, Inc., the P.A.D. Coalition and the National Stroke Association.
Good Housekeeping magazine—together with the Good Housekeeping Institute and the Good Housekeeping Seal—has become synonymous with the gold standard of quality and integrity. Good Housekeeping was founded in 1885, and maintains a commitment to the modern home and to a woman’s quality of life. It publishes 15 editions worldwide, and is an internationally recognized brand that sets the standard to which all other women's service magazines aspire.
WomenHeart is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) patient advocacy organization with thousands of members nationwide, including women heart patients and their families, health care providers, advocates and consumers committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives. WomenHeart supports, educates and advocates on behalf of the 44 million American women living with or at risk of heart disease.
The Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) Coalition is an alliance of leading health organizations, vascular health professional societies, and government agencies that have united to raise public and health professional awareness about lower extremity P.A.D. For more information go to www.padcoalition.org
National Stroke Association
Established in 1984, National Stroke Association is the only national organization that focuses 100 percent of its efforts on stroke. National Stroke Association achieves its mission to lower the incidence and impact of stroke by developing compelling community outreach programs, calling for continued improvement in the quality of stroke patient care, and educating both healthcare professionals and the general public about stroke. Call 1-800-STROKES or visit www.stroke.org for more information.
About Spirit of Women
Spirit of Women is a national network of leading hospitals dedicated to improving women's lives with innovative health and community programs. Spirit of Women Hospitals touch the lives of millions of women each year through the presentation of educational events, consumer membership programs, annual conferences, marketing communications and grassroots efforts to improve the health and well-being of women everywhere. Spirit of Women enables participating hospitals to focus on community needs while providing the strength of national support. Visit spiritofwomen.com.
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